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  • Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry
  • Optometry School
  • Elkins Park
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

3 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

4 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

10 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

2

What was the style of the interview?

In a group

What type of interview was it?

Open file

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"How do you make a difficult decision? What is your thought process?" Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 2)?

"Why did you get this bad grade? (I received a D in one physics class)" Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 3)?

"Directly after graduating from PCO, what do you hope to give back to optometry?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What challenges does optometry face?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What can you gain from PCO, unrelated to academics?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Student doctor network interview feedback, looking over optomcas experiences, practicing being confident!" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"I heard bad things about this school, but the facilities are really nice: large gym across the street, huge classrooms, nice library space, new/plenty of equipment, large clinic." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The interview process was also extremely unorganized, where all of the interviewees sat and waited in a room for 45 minutes, only to find out that our tour guide had bailed on us because of finals. We were interviewed very briefly because the dean of admissions was late, and we didn't get to meet any faculty from optometry.." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"How unreliable the public transportation is! I didn't want to rent a car because it was snowing.. and it took me 4 hours to get to my hotel when it could've taken 30 minutes by car. You definitely need a car while at this school, which is something I didn't want." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Great campus (equipment, gym, clinic), but expensive tuition, unorganized interview process, commute to clinic, unreliable public transportation, and in a depressing run down location. (I'm used to LA and NY so being in these run down suburbs was sort of depressing)" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

7 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

2-3 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Train or subway

About how much did you spend on room, food, and travel?

$101-$200

What airport did you use?

No Response

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

9 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Days Inn Horsham

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

12/09/13

How do you rank this school among other schools to which you've applied?

3 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

4 out of 10

What is your ranking of this area's cultural life?

5 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

7 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

7 out of 10

How eco-friendly are the school's application materials and interview process?

5 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Have less interviews instead of offering so many dates; it would be easier to organize this way, and the applicants won't be so disappointed that they traveled so far to attend such an unorganized event" Report Response

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